(AP) Japan's industrial output rose 1.5 percent in September from the previous month, as stronger production of vehicles and electronic components added to signs the recovery in the world's third-largest economy is gaining.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Wednesday a survey found manufacturers expect output to rise 4.7 percent in October but to decline in November. The increase in September compares with a 0.9 percent decline in output in August.
Increased shipments by refineries and of telecoms equipment also contributed to September's rise.
The economy grew 3.8 percent in April to June, reinforcing confidence in a rebound in growth and paving the way for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to approve a sales tax hike next April that is expected to hit consumer demand and drag growth lower.